The Lord’s anger on our enemies

Hi, God’s word for me today is in Lamentations 3:65-66 which says,

“Put a veil over their hearts, and may your curse be on them! 66Pursue them in anger and destroy them from under the heavens of the LORD.”

In this verse it is saying that the Israelites want to have their enemies be cursed, and that they want them (their enemies) to have the Lord’s anger on them. And if you remember, the Israelites had the Lord’s anger on them because of their sins, but the Lord had compassion on them. So they know a little bit of what it’s like to have the Lord’s anger on them, and who wouldn’t want their enemies to suffer?

That’s what it meant to them. But this is a picture of something, like it always is. It’s a picture of the gospel! How? Well the Israelites wanted their enemies to be cursed and have God’s anger on them. And that is the same thing that happened to Jesus, only Jesus had it a lot worse.

Jesus came down from heaven, was born of a virgin and lived a perfect life. But the most important part is that He died on the cross for our sins! Why would we need Him to die for our sins? Because we were sinners and we were going to die because of God’s anger on us, and if we weren’t perfect and couldn’t find a perfect sacrifice on earth, we were doomed.

But that is why Jesus died for us. He was (and is) perfect, and so He was our perfect atoning sacrifice. But I said we couldn’t find a sacrifice, so how was Jesus perfect? Well He came down from heaven, and earth doesn’t include heaven. So Jesus did all of that for us, but why?

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (NIV John 3:16)

Jesus loved us so much that He died for our sins. We were Jesus’ enemies, but He still loved us so much that He died for us. And the thing is that the Israelites wanted their enemies to be cursed and have God’s anger on them, but Jesus did the very opposite He took God’s anger and our sins off of us and onto Him.

And with the minor detail of wanting our enemies to be cursed and be and object of wrath, this is what Jesus says to that,

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[a] and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you: Love your enemies[b] and pray for those who persecute you.” (NIV Mathew 5:43)

Anyway, Jesus died to save us on the cross, and if we truly love our enemies (wich we should) then we should share the gospel with them.

The Israelites wanted their enemies to be cursed and have God’s wrath on them. But instead Jesus took the curse and God’s wrath off of His enemies (us) and onto Him by dying on the cross because He loved (and loves) us.

Are you trusting in Jesus?

Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland

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